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Can using the wrong shampoo cause dandruff?

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In a word, no. But choosing the wrong shampoo could mean you never get rid of flakes. Here’s what to look out for to pick the right shampoo:

Dandruff isn’t caused by a shampoo. It’s caused by a naturally occurring microbe that’s present on everyone’s scalp (regardless of whatshampoo they use!).

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So you either have dandruff, or you don’t. There’s nothing in any shampoo on the market that will give you dandruff.

What happens with the wrong shampoo?
Using the wrong shampoo could make your dandruff appear worse.

As a dandruff sufferer, if you don’t use a shampoo that’s clinically proven to help get rid of dandruff,the problem could escalate and flakes could build up.

So it might seem that it’s caused the problem, but all that’s really happening is that the symptoms have been allowed to persist.

How about the right shampoo?
When you choose the right shampoo you will be able to treat dandruff.

Don’t just take our word for it – our active ingredient Zinc Pyrithione is approved by the FDA and other regulatory bodies around the world as an effective dandruff treatment.

It’s been shown in 200+ clinical trials to help get rid of dandruff and leave you up to 100% flake-free when you use it regularly.

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Keep on using it
It’s important to remember that there is no cure for dandruff-you can’t use an anti-dandruff shampoo once and expect the problem to disappear.

Dandruff is a recurring condition, so once you stop using it, the dandruff-causing microbe will come back and flakes will appear again.

But keep using it regularly and you can be flake-free for life. It's all about choosing the right shampoo…

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